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Diplomatic Immunity in an Employment Context – Supreme Court Ruling

Diplomats are immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of host countries – but there are limits to that principle. The Supreme Court identified one such in an important decision concerning a domestic servant who claimed to have been trafficked and mistreated by a diplomat and his wife.

October 30, 2017
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Employer Not Liable for Office Worker’s Chair Prank

If a negligent worker causes injury in the course of his job, compensation is generally payable by his or her employer under the principle of vicarious liability. However, as one case concerning an office prank showed, that does not apply where the worker concerned is on a frolic of his own.

October 27, 2017
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The number of cigarette breaks you are legally allowed to take during a shift at work

Once an hour or perhaps every two? Will anyone even notice? It can be a controversial topic, but these are your rights to smoking at work

If you’re a smoker, are you legally entitled to a few minutes a day out of the office for a quick cigarette break?

October 23, 2017
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Employment Tribunal Fee Refund Scheme Launched

Following the decision of the Supreme Court that the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees in July 2013 was unlawful (R on the application of UNISON v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51), the Ministry of Justice announced that the Government would cease charging fees immediately and take steps to refund payments made since their introduction – no easy task.

October 20, 2017
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Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm

A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled.

October 9, 2017
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Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a private event on the basis of her gender. Stephen Simpson rounds up recent first-instance tribunal judgments.

October 9, 2017
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Hugh Hefner’s little-known lesson for HR

Hugh Hefner, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, lived a life that made media headlines – in two ways. He was the proprietor of Playboy Magazine and his lifestyle attracted the gaze of red-carpet reporters as well hacks who thought something else was up.

October 2, 2017
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Addison Lee wrongly classed drivers as self-employed, tribunal rules

Verdict in test case brought by three drivers against minicab firm could lead to wave of claims for unpaid wages and holiday pay. Drivers for London-based minicab company Addison Lee could be owed wages and holiday pay after an employment tribunal test case found that some had been wrongly classed as self-employed.

October 2, 2017
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Statistics Wrongly Ignored in Airline Purser Employment Case

Statistics do not have the best reputation – often being equated with ‘damned lies’ – but they can be of critical relevance to employment proceedings. That was certainly so in one case concerning a part-time airline purser who was alleged to have been less favourably treated than her full-time colleagues.

September 26, 2017
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Watch Out! Assurances Given to Employees Can Have Contractual Force!

Promises made and assurances given to employees can have contractual force, so it is vital not to make such commitments without taking legal advice. That point was made by one case in which a council went back on an assurance that a group of workers would have the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy.

September 22, 2017
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